Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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A visitor from Joe's past threatens his newfound connection with Cameron. With Donna out of town, the toll of Gordon's work catches up with him.


Jon Amiel


Christopher Cantwell (created by), Christopher C. Rogers (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Joe MacMillan
Scoot McNairy ... Gordon Clark
Mackenzie Davis ... Cameron Howe
Kerry Bishé ... Donna Clark
Toby Huss ... John Bosworth
D.B. Woodside ... Simon Church
Graham Beckel ... Nathan Cardiff
Scott Michael Foster ... Hunt Whitmarsh
Ricky Wayne ... Kenny Burke
Bianca Malinowski Bianca Malinowski ... Debbie
Pete Burris ... Ed
Eric Goins ... Larry
Randy Havens ... Stan
Morgan Hinkleman ... Joanie Clark
Alana Cavanaugh ... Haley Clark


The next phase of the PC project is design. Believing it could be aesthetically beautiful and not just another beige box, Joe is able to call in an old friend, top industrial designer Simon Church, to come up with a concept. Simon's arrival onto the scene has the possibility to alienate both Gordon and Cameron, but for different reasons. Gordon is feeling tired of people not listening to him, and acts upon his new-found albeit temporary freedom with the girls while Donna is out of town on business. Donna, on the other hand, may also act upon her new temporary freedoms based on a business meeting and a telephone call home to Gordon. And while he has been issued a divorce petition, an action which no one in the company knows about, John gets more bad news: the PC project is out of money, and without a quick cash influx, the entire company could shut down within a week if the PC project proceeds. John has to find some money to tie them over until COMDEX in a couple of weeks, without ... Written by Huggo

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Enjoyable but a few inconsistencies
31 August 2017 | by tom_buttsSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this episode and thought it was among the strongest so far (I just started binge watching the series), but there were a few things that I thought were inconsistent with the times:

In 1983, homosexuality was still quite taboo. I don't think the characters would have treated it as so "matter of fact" like is done today. I even doubt that Bosworth would have punched out that idiot in the strip bar; he would most likely have just let it pass, lest anyone would think he thought it defensible.

Also, apart from Isaac Hayes, how many black men had shaved heads and a goatee in 1983?

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